When you factor in the amount you spend on your children’s parties in addition to the misfit of toys already in your home, it can be beyond frustrating. There is something to be said for thinking outside the (Jack-in-the) box when buying gifts for kids.
Of course, kids love anything they can touch and feel and play with, but never underestimate the power of spending time with them. That’s why an experiential gift can be just as good, if not better, than a toy or item of clothing.
This could be a day at a local amusement park, a trip to the cinema, bowling, going swimming, or visiting a favourite restaurant. Keep the costs down and make the fun more affordable by choosing to set up obstacle courses and scavenger hunts in the back garden, making a home cinema for a movie marathon, making ice cream sundaes, visiting a favourite playground, baking, or cooking their favourite meal together.
If you have the funds, the inclination, and the time, consider going on a family night away or weekend break to celebrate in lieu of the party. When you consider how expensive parties can be these days, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to break even!
Make the most of whatever you choose to do by putting down your phone and upping the conversation. Trust me – this will be a birthday gift your child will remember for years to come.